Child injured in La Mercy armed robbery is stable
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Child injured in La Mercy armed robbery is stable

The nine-year-old boy from the north coast who was shot during a house robbery is now focusing on his recovery after undergoing surgery at the weekend.

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Five armed robbers gained access to the La Mercy home on Saturday afternoon by pretending to be interested in a creche on the property. 

The boy's uncle - whose house was ransacked - says his wife and three daughters managed to lock themselves in a room.

"When my wife opened the bedroom window and screamed for help - my brothers came out of their homes and started screaming. As they sped off, this youngster was standing up on the balcony. As the vehicle passed the driveway of my parents - they fired a few shots because they saw my brother standing with his cellphone. They fired three shots of which one hit him in his abdomen," he says.

He says he hopes his nephew will be back home soon.

"They operated on him for about four hours. They came out of theatre in the morning. There was extensive damage to his abdomen and it was repaired. The next few days will be critical. He's currently stable. We've had a chat with him and he's awake and mobile. He's managed to sit up on the bed today - it's good news," he says.

NOW READ: Search ongoing for suspects in La Mercy house robbery

Tongaat police are investigating a case of house robbery and attempted murder. No arrests have been made.

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